Monday, July 28, 2014

Sometimes It Lasts - Review

Sometimes It Lasts (Sea Breeze #5)

By: Abbi Glines

Published: August 27, 2013 by Simon Pulse

288 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Cage York has to choose between a love of the game and a love of the girl in this sultry Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

After waiting for his big break, bad boy Cage York is finally called up to prove his worth in the college baseball arena. But when Cage’s girlfriend, Eva, mourns the sudden loss of her father, it’s not Cage’s comforting arms she runs to, but those of her former fiancĂ©’s twin brother, Jeremy.

Torn between his baseball dream and the girl of his dreams, Cage must prove he’s worthy of Eva’s love, or risk losing her to Jeremy forever.
MY REVIEW:
Another great "feel good" kind of story by the fabulous Abbi Glines! I love her hot Sea Breeze men!

In this story, part 2 of Cage and Eva's story, Cage has just been given a full scholarship to play college baseball in Tennessee. Eva plans to go with him but an unexpected illness that her father has changes their plans and she forces Cage to go without her to fulfill his dream of playing baseball. Being apart is very hard on the both of them. While Eva takes care of her dying father, Cage gets pulled to participate in parties with a bunch of his teammates, and unbeknownst to him, one particular teammate who feels threatened by Cage. What transpires does not bring Cage and Eva closer together. With no one else to lean on, Eva leans heavily on the brother of her dead high school sweetheart, Jeremy. Though she doesn't have feelings for him other than a brother, she feels she could learn to love him.

I've read a lot of Abbi Glines books. This Kindle version had a TON of grammatical errors. I was quite surprised by that.

Though not my favorite book in the Sea Breeze series, it's still a great story! Who doesn't love Cage and his dirty mouth? This is a fast read that you are sure to enjoy if you've enjoyed Abbi's other contemporary romance books.

Favorite Quotes:
Sometimes you have to trust that you're worth it and you have to fight for what you want.

How could I go from confusion to pain to anger all in five minutes? I didn't know, but Cage York managed to bring out all my emotions.

"She's here, so this is my home. Wherever she is."

"...dreams change. Fate has a way of showing you paths you want more."

"Being near you completes me. It makes me happy."

"We've been working on our always since you walked into my world with a cocky swagger and a smile."

Final Rating - 3.5 stars

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Post #86

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
The Horde Without End (The World Without End #2) by Nazarea Andrews
Buy Link:Amazon ($2.99)

~FOR REVIEW~
Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly
Preorder Link:Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram (5 stars)

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:
2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge - July Wrap Up
Feature & Follow {53} featuring the question: What is your favorite TV series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Sometimes It Lasts by Abbi Glines
ARC Thursday Review - TBD

Not much to report and share with ya'll from this week. Our last couple of weeks of summer break is going by too fast. This week I helped my parents prepare for a moving yard sale and helped them work it yesterday. All that work this week has exhausted me and I haven't gotten in much reading. But even still July still holds the record (for the second year in a row) for the month of most read books and that puts me half way to my Goodreads goal. 

Speaking of goals, have you read any books that are the last in a series yet this year? If so, join up for the 2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge and link up in the July Wrap Up any reviews you have from January - July that would qualify! There's a winner EVERY month! Next month could be YOU.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Feature & Follow {53}

Feature & Follow is a weekly post hosted by Parakunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

"The goal is to increase followers and make new friends."

The Rules:
Follow the 2 hosts.
Follow the 2 features (new each week).
Hop around and follow others that are participating, leaving a comment to let them know.
Answer this week's question in your own blog post.

This week's question:
What is your favorite TV series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?
Ooh, I've only done this twice now, but the one show that never seems to annoy me is the one and only, 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer!



What show(s) could you watch over and over on Netflix and never get tired of? 

Don't forget this is a FOLLOW hop. My preferred methods of follows is Facebook, GFC, Email and Bloglovin'. Choose one or all, but let me know how you followed with a link to your post.

2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge - July Wrap Up


It's time for our seventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since posting the June Wrap Up, Sandy and Holly both finished A is for Abstinence (V is for Virgin, # 2) by Kelly Oram. 

Sandy also finished Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, # 3) by Robin LaFevers; Breakable (Contours of the Heart, # 2) by Tammara Webber; Shatter (True Believers, # 4) by Erin McCarthy; and Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls, # 3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater. 


Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from July 25th - August 25th. On August 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.





Thursday, July 24, 2014

*ARC* Temptation - DNF Review

Temptation 

By: Robin Covington

Published: August 5, 2014 by Burning Up the Sheets, LLC

254 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
She needs to be good.

Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.

Sometimes bad is so very good.

With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl--no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.
MY REVIEW:
Why I requested this title:
Hot (6 ft 4 in) firefighter.
Tattooed cover model on the cover (yes I am a cover snob when picking books).
Gorgeous country singer who's trying to rebuild her reputation and her career.
Average rating of 4.4 stars.
<Yes, in that order.>

Aside from the steamy moments between Kit and Max, the rest of the story fell flat to me. I really wanted to love this. But it took a really long time to get anywhere in the story that was more than just superficial sex. And I got bored. On top of this, though I know it's an ARC and not the final copy, when there are sentence structure errors and missing words that completely would change the thought of a sentence had the correct word been there (and therefore causing the story or dialogue to be inconsistent), those are errors that are harder to overlook than just a few minor spelling errors before final printing. After making it 66% through and giving it my best effort, I decided it was time to DNF it and just move on to something else.

Kit Landry is a country music star that hit it big at the age of 15. At 21 she is trying to rebuild her career and her reputation. She has 3 weeks until she leaves for her tour to promote her latest CD. An unexpected fire in the recording studio one night brings her face to face with a gorgeous Nashville firefighter, Max Butler. At 23, Max is enjoying life as a party boy by night and he makes no qualms about his lack of interest in a relationship. He enjoys women and women enjoy him. Who wouldn't enjoy a three week long stress reliever by a 6 ft 4 in muscled firefighter? Kit is on board with whatever they can use each other for during that time frame. But keeping it from the press is hard work. One wrong move - or one wrong picture and story - could send her career falling completely flat.

Maybe you'll enjoy this better than I did. Since I did not finish it I won't give it a number rating.

Final Rating - DNF
This review is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A is for Abstinence - Review

A is for Abstinence (V is for Virgin #2)

By: Kelly Oram

Published: May 12, 2014 by Bluefields

204 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence. 

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants. 

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.
MY REVIEW:
I equally enjoyed this followup story to the V is for Virgin series! To have a story from Kyle's POV was very rewarding - especially since it's been 4 years and he isn't the same shallow, slutty man-whore he was when we first met him.

4 years have passed since the last interaction Kyle Hamilton had with Virgin Val. Though they never had closure, they both were on two different paths in their lives and Kyle wasn't ready to give Valerie what she needed. Kyle's path took him further into the music scene and lots of women until one of the regular groupies tamed him to the point of a 2 year exclusive relationship and an engagement. Valerie's path took her through college and starting an adoption foundation and unfortunately a few other broken hearts from guys who weren't willing to abstain from sex until marriage. Kyle and Valerie are both successful, somewhat happy and content people. Until the night of Kyle's 25th birthday when his fiancee throws him a major curve-ball and a broken heart. He finally realizes he is ready to swear off casual sexual relationships. This new found identity leads him to 8 months of abstinence, which leads him back to the one woman who got away from him. The one woman he had such strong passion with, such that he had never experienced with anyone else. The only woman he ever wrote a song about. This story is his journey to winning back the heart and trust of Virgin Val.

I love the connection between Kyle and Valerie! I love their banter. Seeing their very real struggles was inspiring. And the ending...it was perfect!

Favorite Quotes:
We were gasoline and fire. We were years of suppressed desire finally being unleashed. We were hunger, passion, and need. We were epic.

"...you're Kyle Hamilton. You're larger than life and whimsical. You're so passionate about everything...for five minutes at a time."

"I'm doing the abstinence thing because it's the only gift I can give you that will make you understand you mean more to me than any other woman I've ever been with."

"Marry me today, and I'll stay the night again tonight, only this time instead of asking you to stop, I'll beg you not to."

Final Rating - because I loved the message of this series so much I'm also giving book two 5 stars!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Post #85

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~FOR REVIEW~
Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
Buy Link: Amazon

The Island trilogy (review set includes books 1-3) by Jen Minkman

RECAP OF WEEK:
MONDAY:
Review - V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram (5 stars!)

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:
Waiting on Wednesday featuring Waiting on You Were Mine

THURSDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
ARC Thursday Review - Temptation by Robin Covington

My Sunday Posts have been MIA for several weeks. I've been traveling the last 2 weekends and haven't been able to get my post up. I have missed participating!! Unfortunately I'm not going to go back and cover all the books I've gotten during that time because the list would be incredibly long. Boo. But in a summary, I celebrated my 35th birthday on July 9th and I racked up in books (both print and Kindle) that I've been wanting AND I also got a Paper Kindlewhite.

Thanks for stopping by!
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